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Title:Morphological contrast and merger: ranuki in Japanese
Authors:Armin Mester, Junko Ito
Abstract:This paper deals with ra-nuki ('ra-dropping') in the potential form of vowel-verbs (tabe-re-ru instead of tabe-rare-ru 'can eat', etc.) in Japanese. By extending systemic and contrast-based notions originating in recent OT phonology into morphological paradigms, it argues that this ongoing change in current Japanese can be given a formal analysis that does justice to its functional motivation, which lies in an improved differentiation between potential and passive forms.
Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1